Top Tourist Attractions In and Around Limassol

With its modern marina, picturesque Old Town and abundance of historical sites, Limassol is much more than just a sun and sea destination.

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Located on the southern coast of Cyprus between Pafos and Larnaca, Limassol is a year-round vacation destination that effortlessly blends modern life with ancient history. Not only is it one of the oldest coastal towns on the island but it enjoys a growing reputation as Cyprus’s most cosmopolitan city, famous for being the setting for Richard the Lionheart’s marriage to Berengaria of Navarre. Today, Limassol (also known as Lemesos) attracts a wide range of tourists, from those interested in beautiful beaches and energetic nightlife to those who prefer to explore pretty wine villages and fascinating archaeological sites. If you want to experience the best Limassol has to offer, we’ve put together a guide that includes the top tourist attractions in and around this hugely popular shoreline city.

Limassol Marina

Described as the ‘Monte Carlo’ of Cyprus, the 650-berth Limassol Marina is a luxury superyacht marina that is among the most expensive of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean. It boasts an enticing mix of exclusive shops and restaurants, making it the ideal place to enjoy a leisurely walk and grab a bite to eat. Located just a stroll away from the city center, this stunning marina offers something for all ages, including designer retail stores, cafes, cocktail bars, a buzzing promenade and even play parks for kids.

The Old Town

If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, head into the quaint Old Town and wander through its labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets. You’ll stumble across cute shuttered houses, boutiques, traditional shops and the Central Municipal Market, as well as lots of bars, cafes and restaurants in the main square. Located right in the heart of Limassol, the Old Town is a lively area with an age-old history and many architectural gems, including the medieval Limassol Castle, the Grand Mosque and Ayia Napa Cathedral.

Limassol Castle

Situated near the old port and in the center of the Old Town quarters, Limassol Castle was built on the site of an earlier Byzantine castle back in the 14th century. The fort suffered the attacks of many invaders over the years, and conquerors used the castle for different purposes. However, some damages to the fort were caused by earthquakes. Now one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, the castle is now home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum with interesting exhibits that include tombstones, weaponry, armor, pottery and religious artifacts. Legend holds that this is the site where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her as Queen of England in 1191.

Omodos Wine Village

Sitting at an altitude of 800 meters in the Troodos Mountains, Omodos is one of Limassol’s largest wine-producing villages and a popular place to find traditional products, like wine, zivania (a Cypriot alcoholic beverage) and soutzouko (a sweet treat made from grape juice). There are many wonderful attractions to explore in the village, including the medieval ‘Linos’ wine press, private museums, wineries and the Center for Preservation of Narrow-Knit Lacing. The center of the village boasts cobblestone streets lined with shops and some of the island’s best tavernas, along with one of the oldest monasteries in Cyprus – the Monastery of the Holy Cross.

Curium Archaeological Park

Otherwise known as Kourion, Curium is one of Cyprus’s most impressive archaeological sites, perched on a hillside just outside the city of Limassol. Once a powerful kingdom of Cyprus, this ancient city is an area of great beauty and offers visitors a fascinating journey into the island’s history. The site consists of Hellenistic, Roman and early Christian era ruins, such as the Theater which is still used for events and performances, the Early Christian Basilica that dates back to the 5th century, and the House of Achilles where wonderful mosaic floors can be found. There’s also the ruins of the House of Eustolios, which was originally a private Roman villa with a network of baths and rooms that contain exquisite mosaic floors.

UNESCO city of Pafos

Pafos (or Paphos) has become a top tourist destination and is within easy reach of Limassol, which means you’ll have no trouble traveling over to one of Cyprus’s best-loved cities from the island’s principal cruise port. Although well-known for its sunshine and beaches, Pafos is perfect for history and mythology buffs, and no trip to this Cyprian city is complete without taking the time to visit its various iconic sights and archaeological gems.

When in Pafos, you’ll discover Petra tou Romiou also known as Aphrodite’s Rock, the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, who is said to have risen from the ocean at that very spot. Legend has it that in certain weather conditions, the waves rise and break against the rock and form a column of water that dissolves into a pillar of foam that appears in the shape of a human. Another popular local myth is that any person who swims around the rock three times will be blessed with beauty, fertility, good fortune, true love and eternal youth.

 

If you’re a lover of awe-inspiring archaeological sites, then a trip to the Tombs of the Kings is a must. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features unground tombs and chambers, the Tombs of the Kings was used to bury the higher administrative officials, distinguished personalities and nobility of ancient Pafos during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. So, despite the name, the tombs were not used by kings. Evidence also suggests that the first Christians used the site for burials as well.

 

One of the most important monuments in Pafos is the Kato Pafos Archaeological Park, noted for its ecclesiastical buildings and ancient houses. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, this park enables you to explore the ancient ruins of five Roman houses including the House of Dionysus, House of Theseus, House of Aion, House of Orpheus and House of the Four Seasons, all of which feature famous mosaic floors that are amongst the most beautiful in the world. This impressive complex of gems also includes The Odean, the Paphos Castle Ruins and the Saranta Kolones. A fascinating place that tells stories of Cyprus’s glorious past, the Kato Pafos Archaeological Park is still being excavated since it is strongly believed that there are many treasures and ancient secrets yet to be discovered.

 

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